Family Law

Recent Posts in the Family Law Category

  • Proving Neglect in a Child Custody Case

    Proving Neglect in a Child Custody Case Child custody cases in which one parent accuses the other of neglecting their children deal with some of the most complicated and emotionally agonizing matters. In the context of family law , any activity or behavior by a parent that threatens the physical or emotional wellbeing of a child can be considered abuse or neglect. Because of the serious nature of child neglect allegations, parents seeking custody or modification of an existing custody agreement must do more than simply tell a judge that the other parent is ...
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  • Parenting Rights for Stepparents

    Parenting Rights for Stepparents Roughly 40% of all married couples with children in the U.S. are blended families. With so many stepparents raising their spouse's children, the question of parental rights and legal guardianship is commonly raised when it comes to matters like discipline, medical decisions, and where the children will attend school. It is important to note that stepparents do not automatically have the right to make legal decisions for their stepchildren simply by virtue of their relationship to them. In order to obtain this right, a ...
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  • U.S. News Recognizes McKinley Irvin in 2023 “Best Law Firms” for Family Law

    U.S. News Recognizes McKinley Irvin in 2023 “Best Law Firms” for Family Law McKinley Irvin is proud to be recognized for professional excellence in this year’s U.S. News–Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” Ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in the Seattle metropolitan area for Family Law, 2023 marks the 12 th consecutive year the firm has been honored with this distinction. Firms included in the Best Law Firms list have received persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for “Best Law Firms,” a firm must have at least one lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Eight McKinley ...
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  • 6 Financial Planning Tips for Life After Divorce

    6 Financial Planning Tips for Life After Divorce Getting a divorce is accompanied by a mixed bag of emotions. There can be disappointment and sadness, but there can also be a sense of tremendous expectation for what is next. A common response to the dissolution of marriage is fear of what divorce will mean financially. Divorce undoubtedly changes the economic landscape for both parties. Parting spouses can better maintain solid financial footing by following these six tips. Tip 1: Close Joint Accounts Many married couples share checking accounts, savings accounts, credit ...
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  • Pet Custody in Washington

    Pet Custody in Washington As many people develop a deep connection with their pets and treat them as an essential part of their family, the matter of which spouse gets to keep the pet after a divorce can be a contentious legal issue. Unlike children, there are no “ custody ” laws in the state of Washington for pets because they are considered property under the law. When spouses can't reach an agreement on who should have custody of the pet, judges will generally award the pet to the spouse who was mostly responsible for taking care of it. If there ...
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  • Judge Scott Collier (Ret.) Joins McKinley Irvin as a Mediator and Arbitrator

    Judge Scott Collier (Ret.) Joins McKinley Irvin as a Mediator and Arbitrator We are proud to announce that Judge Scott Collier (Ret.) has joined McKinley Irvin as a mediator and arbitrator after a distinguished career on the Clark County Superior Court Bench. Judge Collier is highly respected by his colleagues for his professionalism and thorough preparation, as well as his humor and great compassion. With his broad judicial experience and extensive knowledge of the law, Judge Collier will be highly sought after as a mediator in family law negotiations. He is dedicated to helping families resolve ...
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  • McKinley Irvin Welcomes Anne Marggraf to Our Vancouver Office

    McKinley Irvin Welcomes Anne Marggraf to Our Vancouver Office McKinley Irvin is pleased to welcome family law attorney Anne Marggraf to our Vancouver office. Anne represents clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, and relocation. She was recognized in the 2023 Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch , a category that highlights the legal talent of attorneys who have been in practice less than 10 years. A Pacific Northwest native, Anne received her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and her Juris ...
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  • Important Estate Planning Matters to Handle After Divorce

    Important Estate Planning Matters to Handle After Divorce When a Washington couple decides to divorce , much of their energy and emotions are tied up in the process. There are many issues that must be decided, either through negotiation, mediation , or litigation. Estate planning might not be a front-burner concern but should be addressed as the divorce unfolds. Some changes are best made during the dissolution process while others should be left for after the divorce is finalized. Speak with a divorce attorney before making any financial or other legal changes. Analyzing the ...
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